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Work experience

Jan 2004Present

Television Producer

Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia

Conveys most compelling stories on location through excellent writing and video editing, for nightly newscasts and sports talk shows at major market station. Duties include live, taped, in-studio and remote productions. Also skilled as line producer.•Consistently contributed innovative stories based on connections and research to set station apart from competition. •Increased viewership and revenue to the station by producing creative and exclusive content. •Created trusting relationships with athletes and major universities that guaranteed future projects and stories.•Strong team communicator who delivers story as promised with time to spare. Informs newsroom and website producer about breaking news and possible stories from the field. •Versatile and flexible with breaking news; not resistant to late story changes.

Jan 2009Jan 2010

Founder

Reel Sports Media

Established production company that distinguishes high school athlete’s career and develops character for college recruiters. Through interviews, statistics, and game footage, athlete is made to stand out from crowded playing field in hope of attaining athletic scholarship.•Innovative idea was first of its kind in Philadelphia region. •Assisted prized recruit in receiving scholarship to prestigious prep school.

Jan 2002Sep 2004

Freelance Sports Producer

WLVI-TV (WB 56)

Hired as freelance producer while still attending college. Produced sports segments for Ten O’Clock News show. •Worked one-on-one with Anchor and Director to ensure clean, creative production.•Directed reporters and photographers to breaking stories.•Worked closely with graphics department.•Handled technical issues in cool and calm manner.

Apr 2003Jan 2004

Boston Red Sox Radio Statistician

WEEI Sports Talk Radio

Sat in between Joe Castiglione and Jerry Trupiano in Red Sox radio booth and assisted both announcers with in-game statistics and information for 90 games during the 2003 season.•Interviewed “player of the game” on field immediately after final out.•Established trusting relationships with players and team officials to gain better access. •Interviewed players, coaches and executives for pre and post game shows.

Education

20002004

B.S.

Northeastern University

References

Larry Withers

"As a business owner, I hate to hear why something can't be done. I need to know how it can be done. Matt can recognize and understand problems, but more importantly, he can develop strategies to correct things that aren't working. When I give Matt a task or project, I know it will be done right."

Jay Passarella

"When editing, I always look to my producer for guidance on a project. Matt provides just that. He is always prepared and dedicated to producing the best material possible, and does so with great organization, creativity and efficiency."

Jesse Biddle

"I was so happy with the feature Matt did on me. It was awesome! My whole family thoroughly enjoyed all the hard work and creativity Matt put into it."

Michael Williams

"From the first time I met Matt, he has always exhibited a tremendous work ethic, brightness, compassion, warmth, terrific analytical and critical thinking skills, and a wonderful sense of humor."

Brad Nau

"Matt is a frequent contributor to our award winning show Net Impact Philly.  Matt's skills as a producer and writer for the show, along with his creative and compelling story ideas, have helped make our show achieve its professional reputation.

I highly recommend Matt to any company that is looking for a true professional with skills to produce high quality work and become a vital member of a team looking to succeed, while working at becoming one of tomorrow's leaders."

Gregg Murphy

"Matt possesses every skill necessary to succeed in the television business. He is exceptionally creative, diligent in the details and always one step ahead of the latest technology. While his ability to tell a story with words and pictures, and his willingness to share his talents with others, have earned him the respect of his peers."

Company Target List

Reality TV   

Asylum Entertainment

Pie Town Productions   Banyan Productions   Lighthearted Entertainment   Bunim/Murray Productions      Langley Productions   3 Ball Productions   Endemol   Magic Elves, Inc.   Mess Media

Entertainment Brand Programs

Entertainment TonightE! Harpo Productions MTVVH1A&E NetworksAccess HollywoodDiscovery Channel

    Post Production  

Comcast    Starz      Granada   Bang! PicturesNBC UniversalCenter City Video

Sports Production   

MLB TV           UFC        NHL Network    Fox SportsVersus   

Eagles Television Network NFL Network

News Production

CBS 

ABC News  

KTLA 

HLN 

MSNBC  Fox News   

BBC America   

CNN 

Professional References

Mr. Michael WilliamsWork: 215-683-5216

Senior AttorneyEmail: [email protected]

One Parkway Building

1515 Arch Street, 15th Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19102-1595

Michael Williams has been my mentor since the age of 15. He can attest to my strong work ethic and “high character.”

Mr. Ron BurkeWork:215-952-5350

Anchor/ReporterEmail: [email protected]

Comcast Sportsnet

3601 South Broad Street

Philadelphia, PA 19148-5290

Ron and I have worked together for over 5 years at Comcast. Ron can attest to my professionalism, producing abilities and organizational skills.

Mr. Brian SchiffWork: 610-836-2572

Program CoordinatorEmail: [email protected]

Comcast Sportsnet

3601 South Broad Street

Philadelphia, PA 19148-5290

Brian and I have worked together for over 5 years at Comcast. He can attest to my skills as a producer, and has seen first hand my dedication and loyalty to Comcast.

Mr. Joe CastiglioneWork: 617-780-5294

Boston Red Sox Radio AnnouncerEmail: [email protected]

WEEI-AM

20 Guest Street, Third FloorBrighton, MA 02135-2040

Joe was my professor at NortheasternUniversity, and then hired me to work along side him as the Boston Red Sox statistician. He can attest to my organizational skills and professionalism, as well as my attention to detail.

Biography

Matt Azarva is an Emmy Award-winning Television Producer with more than 6 years experience in line, field and video producing. His positions have all been with top 10 markets in the United States. Matt has a proven track record of consistently enhancing his employer's reputation and image, while increasing viewership and revenue. He also makes significant contributions to the quality and professionalism of his company's content.  In 2009, 2010, and 2011 Matt had the honor of being nominated for a Mid-Atlantic Emmy.

Matt's career in production got off to an impressive start at the age of 21, when he was hired by WLVI-TV as a freelance producer while still in college. He was then selected out of 40 candidates to work as the Boston Red Sox radio statistician. After a successful season in the broadcasting booth, Matt returned to his native Philadelphia to work for Comcast as an Associate Producer.  

Representative accomplishments include:

  • Gained exclusive access to UFC fighters during main event. UFC then used story as an example for other markets.
  • Attracted such high volumes of traffic to the station that its new website crashed.
  • Created trusting relationships with athletes and major universities, guaranteeing future projects and stories.
  • Saved the station thousands of dollars by introducing management to a new NBA analyst who was looking for exposure rather than a high salary.
  • Trained a rookie news reporter who ended-up being so popular, she was invited back for a second season.

Matt holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a focus on Media Studies from Northeastern University. He has also been trained in non-linear editing.

Matt enjoys participating in all sports, and recently started taking classes in BikramYoga. He has also traveled extensively for both business and pleasure.